2,000-Gallon Oil Spill Turns Cockeysville Stream Purple

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Photo via Baltimore County Fire Department

A nasty oil spill on Thursday morning turned a Baltimore County stream purple and sent authorities scrambling to clean up the mess.

A Baltimore County Fire Department spokesperson tweeted at 9:40 a.m. that a truck had spilled 2,000 gallons of heating oil into the bed of Baisman Run in Cockeysville. Baltimore County hazmat and Maryland Department of the Environment crews responded, putting down floating barriers to contain the purple liquid within roughly an hour.

The incident happened in the stream near Ivy Hill Road and Broadmeade Court, the fire department said. The response was quick enough to keep the oil from spreading south of I-83 and Gilroy Road, an intersection roughly two miles east, a spokesperson tweeted.

By the afternoon, contractors had arrived to help remove the oil from the water.

fact sheet from the Maryland Department of the Environment for residential heating oil spills says the liquid can affect neighboring properties and contaminate drinking water supplies. To fix the problem, the oil can be absorbed or pumped away.

As for the color, it’s very likely just a dye.

Baisman Run is situated mostly in Oregon Ridge Park and connects with Beaverdam Run leading into Hunt Valley. It sits roughly five miles north of Green Spring Station.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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